Audubon’s The Birds of America at the University of Michigan

Since touring the natural history collections at the University of Michigan a few years ago, I have included an abridged version of this tale in my classes when trying to impress upon them the significance of John James Audubon and his The Birds of America. Here is a far more intricate re-telling by James Tobin writing for The Heritage Project at the University of Michigan.

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John Syme’s 1826 portrait of John James Audubon.

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Detail from Plate No. 25, “Black and Yellow Warbler”, i.e., Magnolia Warbler.

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